30 Jul '18, 9am

BMW M division will retain manual gearboxes for now

BMW M division will retain manual gearboxes for now

While some car companies have abandoned the manual transmission altogether, the CEO of BMW M will ensure they are offered for the next generation of the company’s products. In a report by Car and Driver , Frank van Meel did however say that the manual gearbox will eventually be dropped as companies move to higher levels of autonomy. “The bad news is that if we one day have autonomous cars, then the manual cannot work anymore so that would be, let’s say, the natural end. But that’s still some time away,” he said. Continuing on, van Meel noted that there is still a demand for manuals, with 50% of M2 buyers in the United States opting to do all the shifting themselves. The latest M2 Competition is offered with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. “Buyers vote with their wallets for manual transmissions. Now, being an engineer, I would say from a rat...

Full article: https://paultan.org/2018/07/30/bmw-m-division-will-retain...

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